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Metso Outotec to sell Vereeniging operations

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2020 Consultations evaluating the closure or other alternatives related to former Metso Outotec operations in Vereeniging, South Africa, have been concluded and resulted in the decision to divest the fabrication, machining and assembly operations and close, or rearrange, the rest of the operations.... 

Difficulties heightened during pandemic, company forges ahead

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 South Africa’s subdued economic growth has been well recorded – even prior to the pandemic, says industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl Macdougall. 

Difficulties heightened during pandemic, company forges ahead
CHECK THIS OUT Verder Pumps South Africa also launched the new Verder HI-Clean AODD and EODD pumps earlier this month, with more announcements planned heading into 2021

Private-sector investment key amid challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     30th October 2020 From an economic perspective, the Covid-19 pandemic has not affected countries in Africa, apart from South Africa, as much as countries on other continents.  

Private-sector investment key amid challenges
GET IT TOGETHER While there is so much potential in Africa, political certainty is required in conjunction with more streamlined procurement processes

Ramaphosa in self-quarantine, not showing Covid-19 symptoms  

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th October 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa will be performing his duties from home after a guest at a fundraising dinner he attended tested positive for the coronavirus. According to The Presidency, Ramaphosa is not displaying symptoms. Ramaphosa is regularly screened by the South African Military Health Service... 

Ramaphosa in self-quarantine, not showing Covid-19 symptoms
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Numsa to picket at RMI, Mibco offices

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will hold a march to all the offices of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) on October 27 to hand over memorandums of demands at each venue. The RMI is an employer body representing many component manufacturers in the automotive industry.  

Numsa to picket at RMI, Mibco offices

WEF says machine-assisted jobs will emerge quicker than expected

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st October 2020 The World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) 'Future of Jobs 2020' report finds that Covid-19 has caused the labour market to change faster than expected. The report envisions that, by 2025, automation and a new division of labour between humans and machines will disrupt or displace 85-million jobs... 

Economic recovery plan will protect jobs in vulnerable sectors - Ramaphosa 

By: Sane Dhlamini     19th October 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans that the economic recovery plan he presented last week will protect jobs in vulnerable sectors that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The Presidential Employment Stimulus announced last week involves a public investment of... 

Economic recovery plan will protect jobs in vulnerable sectors - Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

S Africa must put into effect revenue collection – Haroon Bhorat 

By: Sane Dhlamini     16th October 2020 University of Cape Town Professor Haroon Bhorat said on Friday that for South Africa to manage its deficit going forward, apart from hoping that growth gets kickstarted in the remaining part of the year, it has to move quickly in effecting revenue collection. Bhorat, who is also a member of... 

S Africa must put into effect revenue collection – Haroon Bhorat

South Africa becoming a major international business outsourcing destination

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2020 Government and private sector efforts to build digital skills capacity among South Africa’s youth over the past five years are bearing fruit, says nonprofit organisation Business Process Enabling South Africa (BPESA). CEO Andy Searle says these initiatives, along with several other factors, have... 

Gautrain, Numsa settle wage dispute

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2020 Gautrain and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have signed a wage proposal made by the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), who manages the Gautrain, effectively ending the strike that started on October 5. The standard Gautrain train service will resume on October 16, while... 

Gautrain, Numsa settle wage dispute

ABB lauds Zurich, Ghana universities’ engineering scholarship programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2020 Global technology company ABB has expressed its support for the launch of an engineering scholarship programme for Africa. ETH Zurich, in Switzerland, and Ashesi University, in Ghana, are working with ABB and other Swiss multinationals Barry Callebaut, Bühler, LafargeHolcim and Nestlé to ensure... 

Civil engineering council now has over 1 500 members

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2020 Another 373 firms have registered for membership of the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI), meaning that “companies in the civil engineering sector continue to recognise the value” of the council, says BCCEI general secretary Kevin Moodley. This brought the total number... 

Civil engineering council now has over 1 500 members
BCCEI general secretary Kevin Moodley

Sacci says trade activity improving

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2020 Trade activity has improved in South Africa, with the seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index having measured 50 index points in September, implying that half of the respondents experienced better conditions than in August. Trade activity previously improved to 37 index points in July, and then... 

Sacci says trade activity improving

Covid-19 has widened unemployment level disparities between cities, rural areas

By: Donna Slater     13th October 2020 A recent research report reveals that government’s Covid-19 response needs to be targeted more carefully to the distinctive challenges and opportunities of different places. The 'Visagie & Turok 2020' report, compiled by University of the Free State National Research Foundation research professor... 

Covid-19 has widened unemployment level disparities between cities, rural areas
University of the Free State National Research Foundation research professor Ivan Turok

Partnership formed to develop next generation of ethical, effective women leaders

By: Donna Slater     12th October 2020 The Institute of Directors in South Africa (IoDSA) and the International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA) have formed a long-term partnership aimed at developing the next generation of ethical and effective women leadership. The partnership’s first project is a custom programme for the IWFSA’s... 

Labour market stakeholders urged to comment on gender-based violence draft code

By: Donna Slater     12th October 2020 The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) urges stakeholders in workplaces to make submissions on the Draft Code of Good on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work before October 21. The code provides a framework for the interpretation and implementation... 

Consultancy urges government to revive R&D spend

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2020 Consultancy Cova Advisory has called on government to boost its support for research and development (R&D) in South Africa forts to help weather the economic storm that Covid-19 has brought about. Director Tumelo Chipfupa on October 1 hosted a webinar about the impact of the pandemic on the R&D... 

Inaugural public−private training programme for African infrastructure sector starts

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2020 The Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) and Meridian have announced the start of training for the first cohort of fellows of the Africa Infrastructure Fellowship Program (AIFP). The AIFP is a public−private initiative designed to upskill African government infrastructure specialists and enable... 

South Africa lacks political might, original thinking required to tackle unemployment crisis, says BLSA CEO

By: Donna Slater     5th October 2020 Although the Covid-19 crisis was always going to cause an unemployment crisis, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says, to her mind, the problem is a lack of “original thinking and political courage” to make radical changes to how employment works in South Africa.
 She explains that... 

BOC says contingency plans in place for Gautrain strike

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th October 2020 Operator of the Gautrain, the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), says it will implement a contingency plan to ensure it is able to still deliver a train service to its passengers after trade union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) announced that its members would embark on... 

Numsa serves notice for Gautrain strike

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd October 2020 Trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on October 2 issued a notice to strike at the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) − the management and operating company for the Gautrain. The union said its members would, as of the morning of October 5, go on an indefinite... 

T-Systems, Fortinet to open Cybersecurity Academy in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2020 Information technology services company T-Systems South Africa and integrated, automated cybersecurity solutions company Fortinet have announced plans to launch a specialised Cybersecurity Academy in South Africa during October. The academy will be incorporated into T-Systems South Africa's... 

Wake loss could create headwinds

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 With wind energy set to contribute more to the national energy grid in the future, owing to the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2019, wake loss will become more of a challenge as the wind energy sector grows, says local wind energy company Aurora Wind Power CEO Mmoledi Chisalokile. “The IRP 2019... 

Skills demand in wind sector met

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 As more wind energy farms are constructed and contribute to employment, demand for the training and retraining of people to work on wind turbines will increase, which has consequently resulted in wind turbines safety training provider AID Renewables’ investing in improving its training processes... 

UIF to process Covid-19 TERS claims for September period from Oct 1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will, from October 1, start processing Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) applications for the period covering August 16 to September 15.  “To apply for the September period, employers are required to upload documentation that includes... 

US awards grant to strengthen higher education network with South Africa

By: African News Agency      30th September 2020 The United States Department of State has awarded a R8.3-million grant to strengthen the US-South Africa Higher Education Network, a consortium of higher education institutions in the two countries. Through the grant, the network will engage other institutions of higher education in order to... 

Jobs picture worse than the official unemployment rate shows 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 It may seem surprising and positive that the figures released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) showed an improvement in the unemployment rate to 23.3% in the second quarter, compared with the rate of 30.1% in the first quarter, but financial services provider Nedbank believes the numbers... 

Jobs picture worse than the official unemployment rate shows

Numsa calls for Bombela to resume negotiations to avoid Gautrain strikes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has urged the Bombela Operations Company (BOC), which manages the Gautrain, to return to the negotiating table. Numsa says its members feel that BOC is driving them towards a strike, noting that BOC is refusing to negotiate yearly wages... 

NUM supports Cosatu strike against corruption  

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th September 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers said on Tuesday that it would take part in the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ October 7 strike against corruption. NUM said while it noted efforts from President Cyril Ramaphosa to fight corruption, workers were losing confidence in government’s ability... 

NUM supports Cosatu strike against corruption

Skilled workers seek jobs on the streets of South Africa 

By: Bloomberg     28th September 2020 South Africa is forecast to set an unwelcome world record this week when its statistics agency is predicted to report unemployment rose to a record 34.8% in the second quarter, which would be the highest of 83 countries tracked by Bloomberg. Ayanda Mbatha was among the unlucky ones who joined the... 

Skilled workers seek jobs on the streets of South Africa

Structures assist in practical training

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 Increased interest in the training of working-at-height personnel in eMalahleni, in Mpumalanga, and Rustenburg, in North West, has led to permanent scaffolding structures being erected at safety training solutions provider KBC Health and Safety’s training facilities in the two provinces. KBC... 

Structures assist in practical training
HIGHER GRADE Being able to do practical training at height is now possible with the structures erected at KBC's various training facilities

New magnetic fall protection system launched

25th September 2020 Rotterdam-based fastener supplier McNetiq launched a new series of magnetic anchors for fall protection when working at height. The first product in this series, released in July, is the workplace safety device McNetiq Fall Restraint, intended for workplaces constructed of steel without edge... 

New magnetic fall protection system launched
MAGNETIC PULL The magnetic system based on Controlock technology assists in securing workers when no railing or connectable surface is available

Accreditations incorrectly processed cause distress – institute

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 Although many working-at-height training providers claim to be accredited with the sector education and training authority (Seta), the professional body for Working at Height (IWH) warns that certifications received by trainees from these training providers are not necessarily being uploaded and... 

Accreditations incorrectly processed cause distress – institute
CLEAN SWEEP Having clean clear directives allows professional body Working at Height to equip the sector with the correct tools for safe working protocols

Pandemic presents opportunity to rethink PEPs, speaker says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd September 2020 There is a need to reconsider the approach of Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) and to structure these to upskill workers for the workplace of the future, a webinar hosted by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure on September 22 has revealed. Development Economist consultant Liesel... 

SAPVIA, SAWEA partner to assist local renewables project developers

By: Donna Slater     21st September 2020 Renewable energy lobby organisations the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) have joined forces with the Independent Power Producers Office, REEFSA and the Black Energy Professionals Association to launch the Developing... 

UIF TERS payments to resume

By: Simone Liedtke     21st September 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is set to resume its Covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits payments on September 21. UIF acting commissioning Marsha Bronkhorst said a payment plan would be run for all outstanding payments for April, May and June over September 21 and 22,... 

ATNS launches virtual Aviation Training Academy

By: Donna Slater     18th September 2020 With Covid-19 restrictions, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) is piloting virtual training through its Aviation Training Academy. ATNS’ Aviation Training Academy offers aviation training to several countries in Africa since it was certified as a training institution in 1996.  

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